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James Hodgson


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I am a Commercial Property and Company & Commercial Solicitor at Butcher & Barlow’s head office in Bury. I specialise in a wide variety of commercial property and corporate matters and I have been in both sectors since 2006, then qualifying as a solicitor in 2008. My specialisms include:

  • Acquisitions;
  • Sales;
  • option agreements;
  • Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 renewals;
  • new build developments (commercial and residential);
  • estate management (renewals, licences, management company matters);
  • conditional acquisitions/leases whether it be conditional on planning or otherwise;
  • share sales;
  • asset purchases;
  • shareholder agreements;
  • cross option agreements; and
  • succession planning in business.

In particular, I act for a number of pension funds and am a Panel Solicitor for a national based pension fund based in the northwest dealing with their acquisitions, sales and lease renewals. Work highlights include:

  • The sale of a of a multi-let business park in Salford on behalf of a Cheshire based client for over £3.5 million.
  • The conditional sale of a further multi-let site in Salford conditional on planning permission being obtained by the Buyer together with the grant of an overage up to a maximum of £6 million.
  • The sale of a Leeds based printers by a Belgian company in 2009 for £6 million.
  • The sale for a Ramsbottom based IT developer to a North American company for £1 million.
  • The sale of Bury based Veterinary Practice for £850,000.00 in February 2017.

I am told by my clients that I have a realistic commercial attitude to transactions and a keen eye for detail. I think my straightforward and honest approach fosters trust with my clients.

Specialist Areas

Commercial Property
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What our clients say about James

I’ve worked with James Hodgson consistently for a few years now, having used various other solicitors elsewhere beforehand. He is extremely detail orientated and knowledgeable, regularly highlighting points of potential risk when exploring different avenues of approach. I always feel very confident that any transaction with James at the helm is being undertaken with a level of diligence that gives us the comfort of knowing nothing has been overlooked or omitted.